|Born||October 23, 1947
Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States
|Origin||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Died||January 22, 2018 (aged 70)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Genres||Electric blues, soul blues|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
Preston Shannon (October 23, 1947 – January 22, 2018) was an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.
AllMusic noted that “Shannon’s speciality is a blend of Southern-fried soul and blues, and his albums and live shows – always with a horn section – are an eclectic mix of danceable, grooving tunes and slow, soulful ballads”. Among the songs he wrote are “Beale Street Boogaloo” and “Midnight in Memphis”.
Life and career
He was born in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and relocated with his family to nearby Memphis, Tennessee at the age of eight. Despite initial misgiving from his Pentecostal parents, Shannon developed an interest in the bluesand played part-time with several local bands, whilst his daytime occupation was with a hardware firm. He began a full-time musical career when he secured a spot in Shirley Brown‘s backing ensemble.
In 1993, his own Preston Shannon Band played at the Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, California. After being spotted leading his own band in Memphis’ Beale Street clubs, he signed to Rounder Recordssubsidiary, Bullseye Blues, and released his debut solo effort, Break the Ice in 1994. After this followed the Willie Mitchell produced efforts, Midnight in Memphis (1996) and All in Time (1999). However, with no immediate follow-up available, Preston lost momentum.
After moving to Title Tunes, he released Be with Me Tonight (2006).
Shannon played at Memphis in May in both 2008 and 2011. In February 2012, Shannon appeared on season two of The Voice, singing “In the Midnight Hour“.
He was a regular performer at B.B. King‘s Blues Club in Memphis. Shannon’s most recent album release was Dust My Broom (2014).
Preston died of cancer on January 22, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 70.
|1994||Break the Ice||Bullseye Blues|
|1996||Midnight in Memphis||Bullseye Blues|
|1999||All in Time||Bullseye Blues|
|2006||Be with Me Tonight||Title Tunes|
|2011||Goin’ Back to Memphis||Continental Blue Heaven|
|2014||Dust My Broom||Continental Blue Heaven|
|1999||“Tired of the Ghetto Bringing Me Down”||Bullseye Blues|
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- 1947 births
- 2018 deaths
- American blues singers
- American male singers
- American blues guitarists
- American male guitarists
- Electric blues musicians
- Blues musicians from Mississippi
- Soul-blues musicians
- Songwriters from Mississippi
- People from Olive Branch, Mississippi
- Guitarists from Mississippi
- Musicians from Memphis, Tennessee
- 20th-century American guitarists